Michael Ray’s Goal of Grand Ole Opry Membership: ‘Highest Place in Music’
To date, Michael Ray has played the Opry 65 times.
Michael Ray hit a big milestone when his single “Whiskey And Rain” recently hit No. 1 on country radio, but he still has another goal at heart. It’s becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
For many artists, being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry is one of the highest honors in the industry, but it’s not easy. It takes time and dedication, which Ray was more than willing to do. So far, he is keeping his ‘fingers crossed’ that this next step is in his future.
“I think it’s the most important place in music, to be honest with you,” Ray revealed during an interview with country now and other outlets. “And I think it’s important that we – I know things grow and things have to evolve over time – but there are things about the Opry that those who founded it put a lot of of blood, sweat, tears and laid a foundation for a pattern.”
Ray’s love for the Opry began when he was just a young boy. He recalled times when he attended shows and enjoyed all his glory watching his grandfather Amos Roach lead the family band on stage.
“I remember going there – me and my grandfather, watching it, studying it, you know, my whole life,” he recalls.
In 2015, the “Holy Water” singer-songwriter finally had the chance to step into this historic circle as a solo artist. Sadly, her first Opry performance had a heavy heart as it took place shortly after the loss of her grandfather.
Ray had the chance to honor his grandfather once again this year. He decided to give the same special moment his grandfather gave him to a young fan named Jillian who was in the crowd. During his performance of the hit single “Whiskey And Rain”, Ray brought Jillian up on stage to help sing the song.
He then shared a video of the heartwarming moment on social media.
“I’ve had so many amazing moments on the Opry, but this will go down as one of the most memorable!!! Let’s just say #WhiskeyAndRain never sounded so good, right?? Hope to see you there soon Jillian!!!” Ray wrote in the caption.
Since his debut, Michael Ray has taken the Opry stage a total of 65 times and earned four chart-topping singles, but according to him, nothing quite compares to the honor of playing one of the most historic in country music.
“For me, this is the most important prize. The awards matter, they’re definitely good and it feels good to be voted by peers and all that, but to me that’s the main thing.